Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

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The Monty!
Chatting. To me.
Join us.

I can’t believe I am typing this... but my parents dogs have been stolen again, please be on the look out for them on sale anywhere and please share this where you can.


Calling all nature lovers 🍃 We've got a selection of wonderful nature writers this year, including @katehumble, @HelenJMacdonald, and @raynor_winn. Hear from them in our virtual marquee from 16th Sept! #BudLitFestAtHome

The Malvern Plant & Garden Fair is the place to be this weekend for gardening inspiration, special guests and shopping!

🌺Tickets are limited so please book in advance🌺

#GrowAtHome #SummerGardenDays #flowerpower #gardener #gardening #garden

Happy publication day to dear @5oclockapron! 🥳🥂 Home Cookery Year is packed with over 200 brilliant recipes (I've cooked a fair few of them). Available at the big A and other amazing booksellers. @QuadrilleFood

Would appreciate a retweet if people wouldn't mind? Just to say after recently being made redundant I'm looking for work. Fairly open minded about working options, and happy to train. Preferably full time too. Thanks.

The count down to this year's Festival is well and truly underway! If you haven't registered yet, why not?! Registering for our virtual marquee means that you'll be able to access our events, free of charge, as they become available from 16th September.

One of @helen_cann’s magical maps for The Almanac 2021. This is of swift migration, from east Africa street, every year.

Here’s a sneak peek at the illustrations in the Almanac 2021 (Including it’s *beautiful* maps) and the process behind it from this year’s illustrator @helen_cann #thealmanac 🌙🌞💫

If you don’t want to be asked
‘challenging’ questions about LGBTQ+ representation, then perhaps stop forcing your children to live in a make believe world in which everyone is straight.

Every page made me smile, and every page made me hungry! Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by @ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage is just up on #CookbookCorner. Read all about it, and get their luscious recipe for Charred Peppers and Fresh Corn Polenta with Soy-Cured Yolks

It’s close to midnight
and something evil’s
lurking in the dark

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of finding one more person - the excellent @177MilkStreet - to talk with about all things sour. It's online at the Milk Street Radio Episode Page:

This will be most excellent because (a) few jabber on to such great effect as @R_McCormack and (b) she really knows whisky

Marc Almond meets Sir Paul McCartney
(turn the sound on)
#music #mashup #SoftCell #TheBeatles #SayHelloWaveGoodbye #HelloGoodbye #animation


Bank Holiday Monday should be celebrated with a bit of classic Ken:
The famous anecdote about Charles Hawtrey’s mother setting off a rather unusual fire. 🔥
It’s also lovely to see Joan Sims giggling away in the audience!

Everyday I say a quiet thank you to @timhayward who tweeted some years ago the quietly life-changing thing (for writers) that on a mac Shift+Alt+Cmd+V pastes in the format of the doc it's pasted into